The Fate of Metaverse Games- From Sci-Fi to Real Cosmos
The advent of Web 3 has taken the world by storm. Unlike the internet’s previous versions, Web 3 furthers decentralized protocols and gives users autonomy over their online data and identity. In addition, it enables the tokenization of assets. Non-fungible tokens, popularly known as NFTs, are a classic case of this tokenomics and can represent anything from memes, artwork, music, and collectibles to even real estate.
Another buzzword these days is the metaverse- a network of 3D virtual environments that delivers a lifelike interface for social interactions. It incorporates virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other futuristic elements.
The confluence of NFTs, Web 3, and Metaverse has caused a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Together they have bred a species of play-to-earn (P2E) model that has enabled gamers to monetize hours spent on gaming. P2E games run on blockchain technology and reward gamers as per their platform activity. Rewards can include in-game assets or cryptocurrency.
In addition, gamers can also create and trade unique in-game assets like tools, weapons, power-up potions, etc., as NFTs. Subsequently, the P2E model has attracted millions of gaming enthusiasts. Moreover, it has stimulated the creation of hi-tech, immersive gaming ecosystems to captivate the gaming community.
Realistic Sci-Fi Metaverses
Developers are refining game aesthetics to sculpt hyper-realistic environments for an improved gaming experience. Nowadays, game cutscenes flaunt high-end VFX, 3D graphics, and morphing techniques. In addition, photorealistic visuals generated with 3D tools like Unreal Engine blur the line between reality and illusion. However, while game cinematics are essential, the gameplay also has to be top-notch to keep players interested. Genres like Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games particularly flourish as they demand intensive scheming and decision-making from players to move forward. Undoubtedly, a lot goes into designing today’s interactive and lifelike games.
Many of these games are sci-fi, especially space-themed, as they involve a thrill of the unknown that appeals to the masses. Games like Troverse, Alien Worlds, Influence, Plutonians, Star Atlas, etc., extensively use space in their imageries and plots.
Influence, for instance, is about colonizing asteroids. Players must mine and refine materials obtained from asteroid surfaces to earn SWAY tokens. Similarly, Troverse, is a metaverse that spans 10,000 giant planets ready to be probed for valuable NFT treasures. Noticeably, every other video game description these days mentions NFTs.
SpaceChain UK Technology Manager, Ziheng Xiang, says, “Many people have affiliated NFT with metaverse because NFTs are an excellent medium to connect the virtual world to financial tools such as blockchain. They’re more like a bridge for gamers to the financial system in the real world. While many firms are putting effort into it, its realization still requires support from solid technology integration and content development. SpaceChain’s satellite wallet solution can be a good way of linking virtual value to life in reality.”
Integrating the real and virtual
Currently, SpaceChain plans to narrow the gap between the virtual and physical realms. According to Ziheng, “SpaceChain’s blockchain payloads and applications add a physical layer to blockchain transactions and NFTs. So, when we mint an NFT on the International Space Station (ISS) or a satellite, it is equivalent to having a physical carrier of the in-game virtual items in the real world. Previously, items simply meant an icon on the internet for gamers, but now they can view them as something orbiting around the earth. Besides, these items can have actual physical value when linked with some physical items.”
It will not be the first time a game has links to the physical world. For example, Pokemon GO, launched in 2016, was a mobile game that integrated the virtual and real worlds, leveraging augmented reality. Players would move around in their neighborhoods with their phones, searching for Pokemons. Whenever the players got in the vicinity of a Pokemon, their phones would vibrate to alert them, and finally, they would catch the encountered pokemon. Similarly, Nintendo tried to bridge the artificial and actual worlds by introducing Amiibos- toys or figurines that generated a virtual avatar in the game when tapped to the NFC touchpoint on the Nintendo Switch.
Prospects of Metaverse Games
Altogether, all the tactics mentioned above aim to make games more realistic either by modifying visuals, linking the virtual and physical realms via AR, or connecting P2E models to real-world finances leveraging blockchain. Fundamentally, the idea is to make games more interactive and encourage greater participation from the gaming community.
As more elements of the gaming world transcend into reality, more people will look forward to gaming. In addition, the space-themed games will attract traditional gamers and space enthusiasts alike, owing to their broad reach. With SpaceChain, gaming companies now have the chance to explore the actual space dimensions of the universe rather than just simulate it.
As Ziheng puts it, “SpaceChain is introducing the next phase of gaming. We are bringing the integrated worlds of blockchain and gaming to the physical realm.”
To sum up, SpaceChain is set on changing the trajectory of metaverse games forever and for the better.
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